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Splatterhouse Brings Home Blood, Guts and Ski Masks to Turbo Grafx-16: Today in History- April 21st, 1990

When NEC released the Turbo Grafx-16 in North America it was instantly the underdog in gamer’s eyes. This was the first outing for NEC in this territory and for all intents and purposes, no real name brand games were available or on the horizon for this new console. NEC had a tough road to walk but they tried. Splatterhouse was a title that made most gamers notice the system for the first time due to the graphical violence conveyed onscreen.

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Tech Demo: Day of the Tentacle Running on Sega Genesis

While not complete by any means, this tech demo of the LucasArts classic, Day of the Tentacle, running on the Sega Genesis is impressive. Work is continuing tentatively at the moment.

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Knuckles Spins Off Into Own Game in Knuckles Chaotix on Sega 32X: Today in History- April 20th, 1995

Knuckles was one of the few secondary characters from a game to get their own game (Zero the Kamikaze squirel was another). Sega saw something in the little red echidna, enough to warrant at least one outing of his own. Too bad it was on the ill-fated Sega 32X platform and not the much better received Sega Saturn, that hit not too long after.

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Fan Translation: Final Fantasy VII Available in German With Corrected Text

Sometimes gamers take for granted living in Japan or in North America. Gamers in other countries are not so lucky as to receive “pretty decent” versions of some games, even the big names such as Final Fantasy VII on the original Playstation. The German version was riddled with typos styling errors and just way out there dialog that made no sense. Now, thanks to fans, German gamers can enjoy a new translated version of Final Fantasy VII which is based on the text from Final Fantasy VII International (Square Enix knows how to milk a title better than Capcom, at least in Japan).

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Retro Game Sales for April 19th, 2014

Massive list of games on sale this weekend with many newcomers to the discount world.  From Gamefly to Dotemu and GoG.com and everything in between.  Check out the sales below:

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Metal Slug Brings Super Detailed Sprite Art to Arcades: Today in History- April 19th, 1996

No matter how powerful today’s consoles become the graphical power will never shine as bright as super detailed, hand drawn, sprite work. SNK knew going in with the Neo Geo that arcades were going to represent the largest marketshare for the console. Bringing games out like Metal Slug which bucked the trend at the time of one-on-one fighting games and returned to the roots of gaming with a 2D side scrollign action game that brought a sense of humor, hand drawn sprites and animation and two player anarchy. That is Metal Slug, a title that spawned more than a few, well deserved, sequels.

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Samus Returns in Super Metroid on Super Nintendo: Today in History- April 18th, 1994

A product of Nintendo R&D1 led by Gunpei Yokoi (R.I.P.), Super Metroid is the only outing on the Super Nintendo for Samus Aran and the little aliens called Metroids. This being the third game in the Metroid seris, gamers were treated to a little more of the story and even had a few heart wrenching moments. All in a 2D side scrolling action adventure that fit into a cartridge (sadly, many games today can’t fulfill half of these things with countless times more memory available).

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Game Hack: God Save the Queen Now Usable in Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX was an extremely notable release for the Playstation, for one, it was the last Final Fantasy game to be released on Sony’s machine. Secondly, Final Fantasy IX was a return to the actual “fantasy” world that most gamers associated with the series, after the “unique” styling of Final Fantasy VIII. One nagging problem with Final Fantasy IX was the lack of being able to actually equip, and use, the sword known as “God Save the Queen”. That little problem has been fixed, thanks to fans.

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Fan Translation: Chaos Seed for Super Nintendo Released

The Super Famicom, Super Nintendo in North America, was not lacking in role playing games. Especially games that did not get translated for English speaking gamers. One mre game, Chaos Seed can be removed from the list of “can’t play”. Thanks to Dynamic Designs, English speaking/reading gamers can enjoy this unique dungeon rebuilding, planet healing role playing game and it works on actual hardware too if you have a flash cart.

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Brawlers Mutate with Mutation Nation on Neo Geo AES: Today in History- April 17th, 1992

The Neo Geo is obviously a fighting game dream machine and SNK seemingly went to great lengths to make it so. From the King of Fighters series to the Fatal Fury and Samurai Shodown games, fighting games were more than well represented on this arcade/premium home machine. Mutation Nation is in the fighting game family, just the red headed stepchild of the family favorite series. Rather than fighting one opponent at a time, brawlers pit the player against many enemies at once, though with a reduced move set.